Sex Roles (2006) 55:583–584 DOI 10.1007/s11199-006-9111-2 BOOK REVIEW Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self. By Linda Martín Alcoff. New York: Oxford, 2006. 326 pp. $29.95 (paperback). Maureen Meharg Kentoff Published online: 1 December 2006 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006 Given the resurgence of debates over US immigration laws, mistake” by offering “a sustained defense of identity as an reproductive rights, and identity politics in general, Linda epistemically salient and ontologically real entity” (p. 5). Martín Alcoff’s latest book is a timely addition to critical Alcoff concludes by promoting a broader conception of the studies of gender, race, and the self. Visible Identities relationship between identity and oppression: addresses the compelling issue of “whether social identities It is quite clear that equality and human dignity cannot of race and gender are necessary, or are necessarily be maximized in societies organized through perma- problematic” (p. 287). With balanced yet forceful rhetoric, nent hierarchies of status and class, but it is far from the author posits that an appreciation of the diverse aspects clear that equality and human dignity require the of social identity “does not lead inexorably to political elimination of the rich differences of life interpretation relativism
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